A few days ago we showed you what seemed to be the first pictures taken with the camera of the Galaxy S4 and uploaded to Picasa. It’s now time to take a look at a second round of such images, as new pictures have been uploaded – and then deleted – to a Google+ account.
According to EXIF data – which can be altered, so this isn’t always foolproof evidence – the pictures have been taken by a yet-to-be-released Samsung GT-I9500, which is widely accepted as the model number for the Galaxy S4. Furthermore, the images have a resolution of 4128 x 2322 (or 9.6-megapixels) and have a 16:9 format. Apparently 13-megapixel cameras can shoot 9.6-megapixel pictures in Auto mode “because the viewfinder can only utilize full screen in 16:9 mode.”
Upon further inspection, Androsym suggests that the images have been taken with a Sony Exmor RS 13-megapixel shooter, with 1/3’’ sensor size (4mm focal length,) not that anything can be confirmed right now.
Earlier today we talked about another Galaxy S4 camera-related rumor, with Samsung said to have its own Photo Sphere-like panoramic photo mode in the works, dubbed as Samsung Orb. Are these leaks intentional? Is Samsung somehow trying to tell potential buyers that the camera of the Galaxy S4 will have great features, such as a 13-megapixels and custom panorama mode? Is the company countering the UltraPixels? We’ll probably never find out.
What’s clear is that these images aren’t ready to confirm the Orb feature. In fact, we’re only looking at a keyboard that seems to have a South Korean layout and a desk.
Moreover, no connection to Samsung has been established for these images, but the fact that they have been removed already suggests we could be looking at the real deal.
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Disappointing quality looking at full size. Too much noise reduction and compression (small file size), something that also cripples the Xperia Z, and based on the shots, the HTC One too. Look at details on buildings, signs, faces and vegetation produced by the Exmor RS on Oppo Find 5, it hands down trashes Sony for some odd reason, I want Sammy to use the same HW/SW mechanism.
These pictures are sharp, detailed, with tolerable amount of noise and low compression, so the sensor itself is very capable, but much depends on the lens and post-filtering.